Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:37:25 GMT —
Some things in life are more clear-cut than other.
No gray area.
Matters that fit under the umbrella of "It goes without saying."
Obviously wrong or obviously right.
This was certainly a case of both, the case of Donald Sterling. Strange that his initials are DS, which obviously stands for Dumb and Stupid.
Or, what a Dumb S--- (insert bad word here.)
This is a case of Dumb and Dumber.
THE OBVIOUSLY WRONG: Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was caught on an audio tape making blatantly racist comments. They will not be mentioned here, they don't deserve to be repeated. If you want to read them or hear them, you can find them with a click of a button.
"This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday afternoon. "The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful.
"That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage."
This sad, repulsive tale is certainly ironic, as well. A racist owning an NBA team is like a vegetarian owning a slaughter house.
Sterling is 81. He's stirred racial feelings before, but this was the last straw.
THE OBVIOUSLY RIGHT: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn't hit Sterling with a flyswatter for his comments, he hit him with an atomic bomb.
Silver banned Sterling (more irony, call this the case of Sterling Silver) for life from the NBA and fined him the maximum, under NBA bylaws, of $2.5 million.
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA. This league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach, any one player."
He will also be forced to sell the team --- well, if 75 percent of the NBA owners say he must, anyway. My guess is that that vote will be 100 percent.
This is what you'd call a no-brainer.
Sterling is a billionaire. Obviously, money can't buy brains.
A few reactions from Silver's decision, courtesy of Twitter, as they were posted:
LEBRON JAMES, NBA PLAYER: Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!!
DWAYNE WADE, NBA PLAYER: Commissioner Silver ....STRONG...way to take charge and protect our great league.
MAGIC JOHNSON, FORMER NBA PLAYER: Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, FORMER NBA PLAYER: Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!
MARK CUBAN, OWNER OF DALLAS MAVERICKS: I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling.
DICK VITALE, ESPN COLLEGE BASKETBALL ANALYST: Donald Sterling Banned 4 Life from NBA = #AWESOMEBABY.
Awesome, on a very sad level.
But the absolutely right thing happened for the absolutely wrong reason.